Although it is an exceptional year, we wanted to know how European airports perform. So here are the results: Europe’s Top 50 largest airports in 2021 by the number of flights.

Europe's Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021 — by Number of Flights

Europe’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021 — by Number of Flights

Since Corona still has a massive impact on Europe’s airlines and airports, many rankings look different. However, we wanted to know the details. Therefore, we’ve analyzed the traffic figure of Europe’s airports from February to July 2021. As a result, we present Europe’s Top 50 Largest Airports in 2021.

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 1-10

Most of the Top 10 airports were also part of the Top 10 before Corona. However, the ranking looked totally different in 2019. At the moment, Istanbul’s Ataturk airport wins the title of Europe’s largest airport. Compared to Amsterdam on position two, IST operated 8,000 additional flights. Moreover, Istanbul is the only airport that operated more than 50,000 flights during the monitored period.

Besides that, it is interesting to see that Russia plays a very dominant role. Three of the top ten airports are based in Russia. The former biggest airport, London Heathrow, ranks 10th. Due to COVID, LHR operates only half the flight volume Istanbul does.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
1ISTIstanbul Ataturk54K
2AMSAmsterdam46K
3FRAFrankfurt41K
4DMEMoscow Domodedovo39K
5SVOMoscow Sheremetyevo39K
6SAWIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen38K
7CDGParis Charles de Gaulle37K
8MADMadrid36K
9LEDSt. Petersburg30K
10LHRLondon Heathrow27K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 1-10

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 11-20

On positions 11 to 20, we have a mixed field of airports from several countries. For example, Athens, Paris Orly, Barcelona, Moscow Vnukovo, Palma de Mallorca, and Munic are part of 20K+ club — airports that performed more than 20,000 flights during the observed period.

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
11ATHAthens25K
12ORYParis Orly25K
13BCNBarcelona24K
14VKOMoscow Vnukovo23K
15PMIPalma de Mallorca22K
16MUCMunich20K
17FCORome Fiumicino19K
18LISLisbon18K
19OSLOslo18K
20AERSochi18K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 11-20

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 21-30

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
21VIEVienna18K
22ZRHZurich16K
23LPAGran Canaria14K
24CPHCopenhagen14K
25MXPMilan Malpensa14K
26KBPKiew Borispol14K
27BRUBrussels14K
28AYTAntalya13K
29ARNStockholm13K
30NCENice13K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 21-30

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 31-40

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
31BERBerlin13K
32OTPBucharest13K
33WAWWarsaw13K
34AGPMalaga12K
35ESBAnkara11K
36TFNTenerife North11K
37SIPSimferopol11K
38LYSLyon10K
39ADBIzmir10K
40BGOBergen10K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 31-40

Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 41-50

RankIATAAirportCountryFlights
41GVAGeneva9.9K
42DUBDublin9.7K
43HELHelsinki9.2K
44CTACatania9.0K
45KRRKrasnodar9.0K
46MRSMarseille8.9K
47IBZIbiza8.6K
48HAMHamburg8.5K
49LINMilan Linate8.4K
50OPOPorto8.2K
Europe’s Largest Airports: Rank 41-50

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Used Data
The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. EMEA refers to airlines or airports based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

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